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Etruscan Art (World of Art) Paperback – November 17, 1997
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The book is up-to-date (as of 1997) and interestingly written in a sometimes-aphoristic style, with a useful bibliography. As I closed the final page, I was left wanting more (and missing some old favorites, such as the Capitoline Wolf, that did not make it into the book). However, considering its inexpensive price and overall quality, it can certainly be recommended to readers who would like an introduction and overview of Etruscan art.
The Thames and Hudson World of Art series offers art books at a remarkably low price. That's good news. But of course it also means that the quality of the reproductions is not that high: only 37 out of the 223 illustrations are in colour; and even the colour photos do not have sharp definition. Such reproduction issues are a major problem in a book on Etruscan art because many of these paintings are already faded or damaged, as is inevitable after 2,000+ years. I found that illustrations of some of the more damaged pieces were almost useless. Readers are advised to check on Google Images while reading Spivey: many Etruscan paintings can be seen there in far better reproductions than the ones you'll find in his book.
Another problem is the originality of Etruscan art. Many say that they were only capable of imitating Greek and Eastern examples. Nigel Spivey proves that the Etruscans had a high level of original art in spite of those cosmopolitan influences. Strongly recommended
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Exactly what I was looking for to help finding Etruscan sites for my next trip to Italy! Grazie signore Spivey.Published on October 20, 2013 by Lorraine S. Lebenson